Poem: Legacies ~ Lysbeth Em Benkert

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Legacies – Lysbeth Em Benkert You were not born with a silver spoon. There were no manicured lawns, no ballet slippers. You learned early to watch for the scorpions in the road, for the rattlers under the baking rocks, for the great rumbling volcanoes in the house— on the good days they didn’t notice you, […]

Poem: Words to My Mother ~ Alfonsina Storni

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Words to My Mother ~ Alfonsina Storni Translated by Marion Freeman and Mary Crow I don’t ask you to tell me the great truths Because you wouldn’t tell me; I only ask If, when you carried me in your belly, strolling through Dark patios on bloom, the moon was a witness. And if, when I […]

Poem: Climbing the Ling-Ying Terrace and Looking North ~ Po Chü-I

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Climbing the Ling-Ying Terrace and Looking North ~ Po Chu-I Translated from Chinese by Arthur Waley Mounting on high I begin to realize the smallness of Man’s Domain; Gazing into the distance I begin to know the vanity of the Carnal World. I turn my head and hurry home—back to the Court and Market, A […]

Poem: Death & Co. ~ Sylvia Plath

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Death & Co. ~ Sylvia Plath Two, of course there are two. It seems perfectly natural now — The one who never looks up, whose eyes are lidded And balled? like Blake’s. Who exhibits The birthmarks that are his trademark — The scald scar of water, The nude Verdigris of the condor. I am red […]

Poem: Poem for the New Year ~ Devin Johnston

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Poem for the New Year ~ Devin Johnston I’ve tracked myself from day to day how many steps through a field of snow how many hours have I slept what have I eaten what did I burn calories or cigarettes what birds have poured through Bellefontaine where mausoleums bear the names of Busch and Brown […]

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